Melissa E. Severeid, 44, fought breast cancer with grace and poise, never losing hope or faith. She answered the Lord's calling on the 20th of November, 2010. Our beautiful sweet Melissa was an angel on earth, and now she is an angel in heaven making lattes and mochas for all her family and new friends. We are all left with a large canyon in our hearts that Melissa filled, but we must all seek comfort in the knowledge there is no more pain or suffering for Melissa; she is now wrapped in God's eternal love and peace. Melissa was a blessing to everyone that knew her.
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Melissa was born on July 2, 1966, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Don and Ellen Anderson. The family of three moved to Salt Lake City for a short time, then on to Lakewood, Wash., where her brother, Thomas, was born.
After Don and Ellen were divorced in Washington, John Farley came into their lives and together the family moved to Hamilton, Mont., in 1975.
Missie, as she was known to all those close to her, attended school in Lakewood, Wash., and Darby, graduating from Cascade High School in Everett, Wash., in 1985.
Missie was very active in Girl Scouts, Horse and Pony Club, and 4-H. She excelled at showing horses in dressage, cross country, jumping and three-day eventing. Her most memorable 4-H project was her steer, Paul Bunyan the gentle giant. She always took pride in caring for all her animals.
Missie had her first daughter, Jessica, in 1986 while living in Everett, Wash. Her second daughter, Rebecca, was born in 1990 after their move to Bozeman.
Missie was very proud of graduating from Montana State University with a degree in elementary education. She counted teaching at Hamilton Christian Academy in Hamilton and Valley Christian in Spokane, Wash., as her most fulfilling and rewarding accomplishments. One of her favorite phrases was, "Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance." She was also very patriotic and was placed in charge of many Veterans Day celebrations.
In 2008 Missie married her soulmate and true love of her life, Kyle Severeid. Together they rode horses, hiked and hunted in the Madison Valley. They were best friends and partners in everything. Missie loved to dance, and she and Kyle would often two-step around the great room if no other options were available. Missie took to hunting with her usual excitement and shot her first whitetail buck and cow elk with Kyle at her side. She also enjoyed learning the art of packing camp in on horseback with Kyle. She was always ready to do anything from snowshoeing to shopping.
Most recently Missie and her husband, Kyle, started Corral Creek Coffee Company in Ennis, which became their pride and joy. Many people entered the coffee shop as strangers but always left as friends. She developed a very close relationship with her employees and community through the coffee shop. Missie took to the coffee business with the same passion and zest she had for life … locked, loaded and full-speed ahead.
Missie is survived by her loving husband, Kyle; daughters, Rebecca Harrison (Andrew Geary) of Boise, Idaho, and Jessica Riehle (Craig) and precious granddaughter, Elizabeth Grace of Clarkston, Wash.; stepdaughter, Courtney Severeid; stepsons, Cordell and Layne Severeid; mother, Ellen Kiedaisch of Hamilton; father, Don Anderson (Deanna) of Mesa, Ariz.; stepfather, John Farley (Carol) of Hamilton; brother, Thomas Anderson of Hamilton; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews from Alaska to Salt Lake City to Vermont. Missie is also survived by her in-laws, Orvin (Marge) Severeid of Ennis, and Kristy (Mike) Haddock and children of Bozeman.
A special thanks to all of the doctors and nurses at the Bozeman Cancer Center. The care that Melissa received there from day one of her illness was always exemplary. The staff started as friends but soon became our family. We would also like to thank Rocky Mountain Hospice for all of their special care and kindness, assisting even during snow storms and icy roads
A celebration of life will be held at the Madison Valley Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, with Dr. Ray Teston, pastor.
Donations, if desired, may be sent to the Melissa Severeid Memorial Fund, First Madison Valley Bank, P.O. Box 307, Ennis, MT 59729.
Arrangements are in the care of K&L Mortuaries.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 22, 2010